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Nathan MacKinnon to miss up to two weeks because of lower-body injury

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The news certainly could have been a lot worse. But the fact is, Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon will miss some time because of the lower-body injury suffered Monday night in Los Angeles.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said MacKinnon will miss 1-2 weeks with the injury. MacKinnon, who hadn’t missed a game all season and is the team’s leading scorer with 93 points, will not be in the lineup for tonight’s game with the New York Rangers.

MacKinnon had an MRI Tuesday night, and the results, while not perfect, indicated no serious injury. While MacKinnon is not available for comment and exactly how and when his injury occurred is unclear, he was involved in a tangle along the boards with the Kings’ Martin Frk in the second period Monday, and never played another shift. Frk’s right skate became entangled with MacKinnon’s left skate, which appeared to stretch MacKinnon’s leg some.

The Avalanche recalled forward Martin Kaut from the Colorado Eagles today.

In other Avs health news, Cale Makar was back skating in a regular jersey again and will play tonight.

“I’m super excited to be back,” Makar said.

Andre Burakovsky, Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri and Matt Calvert all skated in red non-contact jerseys. They all participated with the regular players during the morning skate, however. Goalie Philipp Grubauer also skated.

The Avs host the New York Rangers at 8 p.m.

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Rich

Is anyone other than myself starting to feel the guys in red or orange or whatever color it is milking their injuries? From the clips I have seen they all seem to be moving extremely well – better than some of the so-called non-injured players currently playing. The Avs have their chance now to take control of the Central Division – distance themselves from the rest, but that won’t happen now with those guys watching from the press box.

dudleyconrad

I would imagine that if it were the playoffs, most or all of them would be in. We’re still right there without these guys. No reason to risk aggravating their injuries and having them miss playoff games.

Jared Moss

Ive not watch footage of them staking but at this point were gonna make the playoff and probably play dallas… so why force them back when they can take a little more time and be fresher for the playoffs were gonna need that energy as you can see the team fading, time will tell

The PG

Not at all. They were forecast not to come back until this week or next. And the Avs have always been a team that does not rush their players back from injury. These guys are right on time.

dp10

Based on recent playoff results, I don’t think winning the division is all that important, certainly not if they will be playing games in front of empty arenas…

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